As students return to class this fall, youth sports teams, after-school STEM programs and other after-school organizations are looking for ways to continue their respective programming. T
he pandemic has impacted local fundraising opportunities in 2020, leaving some groups to find other ways to get the funding and support they need for the school year.
Funding for these activities is usually supplemented with in-person opportunities, such as selling candy bars or washing cars, but with the increase in COVID-19 cases in parts of the country, the options for fundraising socially remote areas become more practical and secure solutions.
UScellular’s Community Connections program gives K-12 groups a virtual way to raise up to $ 1,000, whether they need STEM equipment, new uniforms, or new instruments for the school group. Organizers can register their group on communityconnections.uscellular.com to start earning online sponsorship support.
“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, especially for many academic and athletic groups and organizations that rely on fundraising and donations,” said Jeff Heeley, director of sales in Oklahoma. “We hope that through local and virtual initiatives like Community Connections, we can always support the goals our children and students set for themselves while doing so in a safe and responsible manner.”
Once registered, local nonprofit academic and sports groups representing youth up to grade 12 have 14 days to rally friends, families and supporters to carry out online activities, including responding to short polls, watch videos or follow UScellular on its social channels. Each completed activity earns money that goes directly to the organization – up to $ 1,000 – and the website makes it easy to share the information on social media.
Since the program began in 2015, UScellular has awarded $ 1.4 million to nearly 3,100 groups nationwide. For more information and to view the official rules, visit communityconnections.uscellular.com.